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About Matthew Knight

Matthew received his PhD from Harvard University in 2021. His dissertation, "Our Gaelic Department": The Irish-Language Column in the New York Irish-American,1857-1896, explores the efforts of Irish immigrants in North America to preserve and cultivate the Irish language. His published works also focus on the propagation of the Irish language in America in the 19th century. Matthew works extensively with the Irish Studies Collection and the Dion Boucicault Theatre Collection. He teaches "Irish Rebels and Revolutionaries," "The Irish in America," "History Internships in Libraries and Archives," "Curating Digital Collections," and (soon) "Modern Ireland."


Present Assistant Librarian / Assistant Director of Special Collections, University of South Florida
Present USF Tampa Libraries, University of South Florida

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • NYPL Short-Term Research Fellowship 2018-2019
  • USF Professional Development Leave 2019


  • Irish-American Newspaper Press
  • Irish Rebels and Revolutionaries
  • The Path to the Easter Rising, 1916
  • Fenianism and the Irish Literary Revival
  • The Irish in America

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Presentations (18)